Walking & Cycling Trails in Co. Monaghan

Here is a list of the trails available in the county

Trail NameTrail typeLengthLocation
Kingfisher Trail480km On Road Cycling route through Fermanagh & Leitrim, part Monaghan35 km loop in Co. MonaghanClones, Newbliss, Scotshouse
Monaghan SlíSli Na Slainte on-road Walking Route2.5 kmMonaghan Town
Clones SlíSli Na Slainte Walking Route3.3 kmClones Town
Carrickmacross SlíSli Na Slainte Walking Route3 kmCarrickmacross Town
Carrickmacross Looped trails5 looped on-road trails around south MonaghanTrail 1: 4km
Trail 2: 9.6km
Trail 3: 7.5km
Trail 4: 8km
Trail 5: 24/32km
All beginning in Carrickmacross
Monaghan Way – temporarily closed & under reviewMixed surface, off and on-road way-marked walking/ hiking route56.5 kmClontibret to Inniskeen via Castleblayney
Rossmore Park TrailsGravelled walking trails within a forest parkCastle trail: 3km
Lake trail: 8km
Wheelchair friendly trail: 2km
Family Cycle trail: 2.5km
Loop of forest: 8km
On the edge of Monaghan Town, linked to town by Greenway
Dartrey Forest TrailsRough gravelled trails within a mostly commercial forestry, with recreational amenities at Cootehill end. Annual horseriding licences available from Coillte for this amenityApprox. 10kmBetween Rockcorry and Cootehill
Ulster Canal GreenwayOff-road walking and cycling route4.2 km complete in Monaghan town to extend to Middletown in 2022, then towards ClonesMonaghan Town
Ulster Canal Cycle TrailOn-road cross border cycle trail from Maghery on Lough Neagh to Clones via Glaslough and Monaghan79.9km, about 50% of which is in Co MonaghanFollows the path of the canal as closely as possible by road
Sliabh Beagh cross border Cycle Trails
McKenna trail: 60km
Shane Bearnagh Trail: 60km
Finn trail: 29km
Teighes Hill trail: 34km
Carraig na Brattogh trail: 31km
On-road cross border cycling routes across Sliabh Beagh mountain which lies between counties Monaghan, Tyrone and FermanaghTwo of the routes have significant sections in Co Monaghan:
McKenna trail: nearly all of the 60km
Shane Bearnagh Trail: approx. 60% of the 60km
North West Co Monaghan
Sliabh Beagh Way
65km cross border walking trail from Aughnacloy to Lisnaskea
Linear walking trail on minor roads, track and moorland across Bragan mountainApprox. 1/3 of the route is in MonaghanNorth Co Monaghan
Knockatallon looped WalksFour looped walks on mixed surfaces across Bragan mountainThe Tra Walk 10km
The Rock Walk 6.5km
The Bragan Walk 7km
The Esh Walk 9km or shorter 3.5km loop
North Co Monaghan, using Sliabh Beagh Hotel in Knockatallon as the trailhead
Emy Lough looped walkMostly off-road trail along lake shore. Last km is on minor road4kmBetween Emyvale and Glaslough
Senator Billy Fox Memorial ParkShort looped trails within a wooded park2kmBawn
Ballybay WalksThree looped walks in and around BallybayTown Park: 500m
Lough Major: 4.2km
Corbrack Lane: 4.5km
all routes starting in the town park
Ballybay Wetlands TrailLooped walk through the farmland and along the lake shore of the Wetlands Centre2.1kmBallybay, just outside the town on the Clones road
Muckno ParkA network of walking trails around Black Island, White Island, and the former golf course are available5.8km of trailsCastleblayney
The Hilly WayOn-road signed cycling route taking scenic back roads from Cabra Castle in Kingscourt to Carrickmacross8.7km routeSouth Co Monaghan
Derrygorry/ Favour Royal ForestCross border forest which includes the Millennium Forest where a tree was planted for every person alive in Co. Monaghan in the year 20001.5km walk to St Patrick’s Chair & Well in Favour Royal Forest on NI side of borderNorth Monaghan